I wrote this article as it was a feature article for a magazine I was working on and I wanted to have a ‘male’ presence - to feature a man who is the epitome of style. I wanted a man with true grit and substance – with style inside and out. As soon as I had established that fact, I knew immediately who this should be. Without a doubt, there is no one more stylish, on both the inside and the outside, than Mr Christopher Gardner. Chris’ story of his ‘Pursuit of Happyness’ has encouraged me and millions of others to pursue their happiness and to truly believe that anything is possible, no matter where you are at in your life; start where you are, use what you have and do what you can. Below is the article - this would, without a doubt, be one of the proudest moments of my life - please enjoy.
Will Smith starred as Chris in the movie and received Academy Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his performance. Chris was an associate producer on the film but it was the very last scene of the movie, when Will and Jaden Smith walk down the road that would change my world forever! This scene was my favorite in the movie, because there he was, the real Chris – not an actor, but the man himself. Watching this scene, I connected even more with Chris’ story and I did not know it right then, but Chris would become one of the biggest influences in my life and still is to this day. All of my friends and family knew that I had a dream to one day meet the man in person - I spoke of it like it was not ‘if’ but ‘when’ - I knew it like I knew the sun was going to rise the next day. Many years have passed since my dream began but it was a few months ago that I found myself looking for a Man of Style and I knew immediately who it should be. So, because Chris had taught me so well, through his story and lessons of never giving up on a dream, I contacted his offices and before too long, I found myself traveling to Chicago, Illinois to meet and interview the man in person.